Uttarakhand Battle Now In Supreme Court After President’s Rule Is Removed

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New Delhi: After High Court order on President rule Uttarkhand ,Centre   will make a “special mention” in the Supreme Court today saying the Harish Rawat government is in a minority. The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday set aside the Centre’s decision in March to place the hill state under President’s Rule, declaring that Harish Rawat has no right to continue as Chief Minister. Mr Rawat has been reinstated for now as Chief Minister. He held a cabinet meeting this morning. The Uttarakhand High Court has said he has to take a trust vote on April 29. The strategy for the Supreme Court appeal was finalized at a meeting of the BJP’s top leaders at the home of party president Amit Shah last evening. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who returned yesterday from New York, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and top lawyer Harish Salve attended the meeting. In the top court, the Centre is likely to press the argument that Mr Rawat’s own party men voted against him when he presented the budget, and that it was eventually passed in violation of legislature rules. This contention was rejected by the High Court, but the Centre hopes to establish it as grounds for the constitutional crisis it declared when it established President’s Rule. The high court judges were fierce in their criticism of the Centre, underscoring that President’s Rule “should be used as a matter of last resort,” and that the removal of “a democratically elected government breeds cynicism in the heart of citizens”. In March, just one day before Mr Rawat was scheduled to prove his majority in the legislature, the Centre declared that it would govern Uttarakhand through Governor KK Paul. It has argued that since President Pranab Mukherjee signed off on the decision, the move could not be examined by courts. “Even the President can be wrong,” the judges firmly replied yesterday.